London’s O2 Arena is going vegan, especially for Billie Eilish.
The O2 is one of the UK’s most popular venues. It regularly hosts performances from some of the world’s most successful artists. This June, Eilish has six performances of her Happier Than Ever world tour lined up at the venue.
Eilish is a passionate vegan and consistently speaks up about climate crisis action. In fact, the singer has dedicated her whole tour to raising climate awareness. It has its own Eco Village, where fans can learn about climate action, plus it’s partnered with her mom Maggie Baird’s plant-based food organization Support + Feed.
The meat industry is a significant contributor to the climate crisis; it’s responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and it’s a leading cause of habitat destruction and deforestation.
For Eilish’s tour dates, the O2 has pledged to remove animal products from the arena.
A statement on its website reads: “Within The O2 arena, together with our catering partner, Levy’s, we have committed to go 100 percent vegan on food throughout the arena for the Billie Eilish residency. This includes a range of vegan food offerings on concessions and the removal of certain items.”
It adds that most drinks will be vegan, and it will replace all dairy milk with plant-based options.
The venue also confirmed that starting this month, its wristbands will consist of PET fabric instead of plastic.
Supporting climate action
On the days of Eilish’s residency, the O2 is also hosting a climate awareness event in its corporate event space Indigo, called Overheated Live.
Eilish and her brother Finneas will introduce the event, which is set to feature talks from prominent activists, including climate activist Vanessa Nakate and sustainable fashion advocate Samata Pattinson.
Plant Based News co-founder Robbie Lockie will host a panel on the day alongside Baird on the negative environmental impact of animal products. They will speak in-depth about the urgent need to move towards a more plant-based food system.
Eilish’s first O2 performance takes place this Friday, and you can find out more about how to buy tickets here.